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Literature in the Modern World: Critical Essays and Documents / Edition 2

Literature in the Modern World: Critical Essays and Documents / Edition 2

by Dennis Walder


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Literature in the Modern World: Critical Essays and Documents / Edition 2

A unique combination of English, European, feminist, and "New Writing" essays on literary studies from the 1920s to the 1980s, this book sheds new light on the main theoretical issues involved in the study of modern literary texts. The book includes the views of leading critics and theorists such as Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar, Frank Kermode, Edward Said, and Lionel Trilling, as well as such renowned writers as W.H. Auden, Umberto Eco, Seamus Heaney, Czeslaw Milosz, and Virginia Woolf. Focusing on major critical topics—genre, interpretation, history and criticism, gender, and race—Literature in the Modern World provides a critical awareness of the debates likely to dominate future discussions of literature.

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ISBN-13: 9780199253012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 552
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dennis Walder is Professor of Literature at the Open University and Founding Director of the Literature Department's Colonial and Post-Colonial Research Group. He has published widely on topics ranging from Dickens to V.S. Naipaul.

Table of Contents

General Introduction
Part One: General Approaches
I Questioning the Canon
1. Repossessing the Past: The Case for an Open Literary History, Marylin Butler
2. Canon and Period, Frank Kermode
3. Literature and the Rise of English, Terry Eagleton
4. Women Poets, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar
5. Literary Theory and the Black Tradition, Henry Louis Gates, Jnr.
II Interpretation
1. The Babel of Interpretations, E. D. Hirsch, Jnr.
2. Interpreting the Variorium, Stanley Fish
3. Who Cares About the Text?, Robert Scholes
4. Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory, Hans Robert Jauss
5. The Interpreter's Freud, Geoffrey Hartman
III Commitment
1. To Cambridge Women, Virginia Woolf
2. Writing, Reading, and the Public, Jean-Paul Sartre
3. Commitment, Theodor Adorno
4. The Essential Gesture, Nadine Gordimer
5. Right and Wrong Political Uses of Literature, Italo Calvino
Part Two: Themes and Issues
I Form and Genre
1. Story and Narrative, Seymour Chatman
2. Semiotics of Theatrical Performance, Umberto Eco
3. The Signs of Drama, Martin Esslin
Close Reading, John Barrell
II Modernisms
1. Remarks on Poetry, Paul Valery
2. Order in Narrative, Gerard Genette
3. Towards a Semiotics of Literature, Robert Scholes
4. The Ideology of Modernism, George Lukacs
5. Modernism and the Metropolis, Raymond Williams
6. Gender and Modernism, Bonnie Kime Scott
III Literature and Nation
1. The Lion and the Unicorn, George Orwell
2. Beyond a Boundary, C. L. R. James
3. Woman and Nationalism, Virginia Woolf
4. The Intimate Enemy, Ashis Nandy
5. The National Longing for Form, Timothy Brennan
IV Literature and Ideology
1. A Short Organum for the Theatre, Bertolt Brecht
2. Marxist Criticism, Terry Eagleton
3. The Text Says What It Does Not Say, Pierre Macherey
4. The Death of the Author, Roland Barthes
5. What is an Author?, Michel Foucault
V Literature and Gender
1. Woman and the Other, Simone de Beauvoir
2. Language and Gender, Cora Kaplan
3. Laugh of the Medusa, Helene Cixous
4. Rootedness: The Ancestor as Foundation, Toni Morrison
5. Introduction to Between Men, Eve Kosovsky Sedgewick
6. Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire, Judith Butler
VI End of Empire
1. The Discourse of the Orient, Edward Said
2. Behind the Cliches of Contemporary Theatre, John McGrath
3. Englands of the Mind, Seamus Heaney
4. From the Victorian Nyanza to the Sheraton San Salvador, Mary Louise Pratt
VII From Commonwealth to Post-Colonial
1. On National Culture, Frantz Fanon
2. Colonialist Criticism, Chinua Achebe
3. History of the Voice, Kamau Brathwaite
4. Post-Colonial Reconstruction, Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin
5. When Was The Post-Colonial?, Stuart Hall
VIII Literature and History
1. Theses on the Philosophy of History, Walter Benjamin
2. History and Fiction, Laurence Lerner
3. Introduction to Metahistory, Hayden White
4. The Text, the Poem, and the Problem of Historical Method, Jerome McGann
5. The Keening Muse, Joseph Brodsky
6. The Hollow Miracle, George Steiner
7. Literary History and Literary Modernity, Paul de Man
IX Literature and Value
1. An Elergy for the Canon, Harold Bloom
2. The Exile of Evaluation, Barbara Hernstein Smith

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